"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Mielke, Otto owner of the "Homelike" resort on Little Arbor Vitae Lake in the town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, was born at Brandon, Wis., May 7, 1881, son of Herman and Albertina (VANZLOFF) MIELKE. The parents were both natives of Germany; they were married at Brandon, Wis., April 20, 1873, and were subsequently residents of that place for some time; they later went to Princeton, Wis., from there to Randolph, Wis., and then to Racine, Wis. The father met his death at the latter city on Jan. 31, 1893 by falling down an elevator shaft while in the employ of the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company. The mother is now residing at Fond du Lac, Wis. Nine children were born to these parents, of which number three, as follows, are now living: Otto, subject of this sketch; Walter, living at Racine, Wis.; and Clara, who is Mrs. Fred WOLFF. Otto MIELKE was educated in Racine, and his first position was with the Horlick Malted Milk Co. at that place. He subsequently learned the trade of machinist with the Bell City Malleable Iron Co., and after working at this trade for four years he engaged in the operation of a boat livery among the resorts of Racine County. He came to Arbor Vitae in 1910 and purchased 50 acres of land in Section 28, town of Arbor Vitae, establishing his present resort. The property has 900 feet of frontage on Little Arbor Vitae Lake and the surroundings are exceptionally beautiful. The main lodge and four fine cottages make it possible to accommodate 40 guests, and boats, fishing tackle, and experience guides are supplied by the management. Mr. MIELKE has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the community and served for eight years as clerk of the town of Arbor Vitae, he is very well known throughout the region and is liked by all. Mr. MIELKE was married at Marion, Wis., May 30, 1907, to Martha MIELKE, daughter of Gottfried and Amelia (VERCH) MIELKE, who are residents of Marion. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. MIELKE: Margaret, Evelyn, Florence and Wilmar, and the family circle also includes an adopted daughter, Isabelle.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 577 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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